Summary: Sometimes God is silent. Pray anyway! Sometimes you might feel like God is a million miles away. Worship Him anyway! Let Him know you want to hear from Him. Ask Him to break the silence of heaven in your life.
When God Broke the Silence
Intro: It was a fog-shrouded morning, July 4, 1952, when a young woman named Florence Chadwick waded into the water off Catalina Island. She intended to swim the channel from the island to the California coast. Long-distance swimming was not new to her; she had been the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions.
The water was numbingly cold that day. The fog was so thick she could hardly see the boats in her party. Several times sharks had to be driven away with rifle fire. She swam more than 15 hours before she asked to be taken out of the water. Her trainer tried to encourage her to swim on since they were so close to land, but when Florence looked, all she saw was fog. So she quit. . . only one-mile from her goal.
Later she said, "I’m not excusing myself, but if I could have seen the land I might have made it." It wasn’t the cold or fear or exhaustion that caused Florence Chadwick to fail. It was the fog.
-Maybe you have found yourself in a fog when you weren’t hearing the Lord speak to your heart and mind. Have you ever felt like your prayers weren’t getting through, or that God was not very close to you?
-God has spoken to mankind throughout history, but there was a period of time when God seems to have been silent. The Word of God to Israel had been silent for 400 years. During that time Israel had been largely dominated by foreign powers, except for a brief independence under Judas Maccabeaus. However, the words of prophets were not heard in the land.
-The last word that God gave in the last book of the Jewish Bible is this: (Malachi 4:5) "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (4:6) And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction."
The last Word before prophesy fell silent was a promise to send someone in the power of Elijah who would prepare the way for the Messiah (Sean Lester, sermoncentral.com).
-That time had now come with the words, "In the time of King Herod..." (Read Text)
Luke 1:5-25 5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.
8 Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.